Konrad M. Wayson's Joint Custody overcame a stumbling start and survived a heated duel down the backstretch before winning the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park on Saturday.
Wesley Ho was aboard the son of Outflanker, who completed the seven-furlong distance in 1 minute, 25.19 seconds and won by 51/2 lengths. After Joint Custody put away Open the Bank nearing the far turn and turned back Fran's Buckaroo around the turn, he steadily pulled away. Buck n' Ham Lane finished third.
Joint Custody was the overwhelming favorite in the field of six after program favorite It's A Bang scratched Saturday morning. He paid $2.60.
The John Robb trainee is now 4-for-6 lifetime after winning two stakes in a row, and Robb is 18-for-45 during the meeting.
"You're always a little concerned when you see them stumble, but it might have been a blessing in disguise," Robb said. "This horse does not like being on his own. He's difficult to work because he just doesn't want to focus without other horses right with him all the time. The minute he gets a little in front, he gets lazy. I was looking for him to improve today and he certainly ran well, but he doesn't even look like he's moving that fast."
She's Ordained a winner
Making amends for a poor break in her most recent start, Ronald Ulrich's She's Ordained left the gate cleanly and then took the short way home in the $100,000 Willa On The Move Stakes, the co-feature at Laurel Park.
Using the rail to his advantage, Angel Quinones guided the daughter of Minister's Wild Cat to a victory by three-quarters of a length in 1:10.58 for the six-furlong distance. She came up the fence to edge front-runner Five Star Momma as the two closed in on the finish line. Lady Sabelia finished third.
Tim Kreiser trains She's Ordained at Penn National. The 4-year-old filly broke in the air in her most recent start, the Lady In Waiting Stakes, and had to settle for second. Today she turned the tables on Five Star Momma, who beat her by a neck in the Lady In Waiting. The Willa On The Move was the filly's eighth victory in fifteen starts this year. She paid $8.40.
Pick 5 to be paid Tuesday
Laurel Park's Pick 5, with a guaranteed pool of $200,000 for a single winning ticket, has not been hit by a single unique ticket. Tuesday is the last day for the guaranteed $200,000, so the Pick 5 will be paid and the guaranteed pool will be shared by all winning ticket holders that afternoon.